Drought further recedes but winter wheat challenged in areas
Southwest: Warm temperatures were welcomed after an arctic front earlier in the week that brought temperatures down into the teens and caused minor plumbing issues in some areas. A few counties received rain, from light drizzles to 2 inches. Overall, the region needed more rain to improve soil-moisture levels. Winter wheat and oats were in good condition and performing strongly. Supplemental feeding of livestock continued. By all accounts, the deer hunting season was a success with decent racks and heavy weights recorded.
West Central: The region had very cold temperatures early in the week, followed by warmer weather with mild, windy days and cold nights. The windy conditions continued to dry out soils. Rain was needed by rangeland and crops in all areas. The cotton harvest was mostly completed. Early planted wheat looked good, though both wheat and oat fields were starting to show signs of moisture stress. Wheat was mostly in fair to poor condition. Rangeland and pastures were also in poor condition. Winter weeds, grasses and forbs were all declining. Livestock remained in fair to good condition with continued supplemental feeding of hay and protein. Yearling cattle on grain were doing great.
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